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Mastering applying your lower lash mascara isn’t a natural ability all mascara wearers are born with. It may sound easy, get a mascara wand, and brush it over your bottom lashes, right? But if it were that simple, why do we always seem to end up with under eye smudging or nasty clumped bottom lashes that look like a spider is about to crawl out from your eye? The answer: it’s most likely down to the mascara you use on your bottom lashes!
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in need of a bit of a lower lash masterclass. The two main ingredients to mastering a pristine bottom lash mascara application are:
1. A good mascara suitable for lower lashes.
2. The correct application technique.
So, let’s get stuck in shall we? How do you apply lower lash mascara perfectly and which are the best mascaras to choose from?
The best mascaras for lower lashes
When it comes to choosing the best mascara wand for your lower lashes the thinner the better. Having a thin wand will give you more control during the application process and ultimately leave you will less mascara mishaps.
To try and diminish the possibility of smudged under-eyes, using a waterproof or smudge proof formula is a good start to choosing the best mascara for your bottom lashes.
PIXI Lower Lash Mascara
This product is specifically designed for the lower lash. Its itsy-bitsy wand is ideal for coating your bottom lashes in water-resistant formula, while keeping them separated and creating a naturally lengthened appearance.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
One of the best mascaras for your bottom lashes, this Clinique mascara has all the factors your bottom lashes need. If you’re looking for a bottom lash product that require the least skill and effort for you here it is! Its super small brush is designed for extra precision when applying, meaning even those new to makeup will find applying this product simple.
All round mascaras
Perhaps you’re not wanting to invest in two completely different product for both your top and bottom lashes. Having two products can be beneficial as both lash lines often require different formulas and bristles, but I understand it may seem like a lot having to switch your product halfway through applying mascara. Luckily, there are all-round mascaras that can work equally as well on the bottom as they do on the top, it may just require a little extra concentration when you apply.
If you’re looking for a mascara to perform on your top AND bottom lashes lengthening mascaras usually are the best options. These mascaras tend to have thinner wands that make applying the product to your bottom lashes easier.
MAC Extended Play Mascara
With a thin enough wand to make applying to your lower lashes easy, this mascara is also great for your upper lashes too. If you’re looking for a quick, all round mascara application then here is your holy grail product.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara – Waterproof
If you’ve been reading a lot of my product recommendations, then you will know I swear by this product as an all-round budget mascara. It’s cheap and does a good job – what more could you want? If you’re a novice whose a little wary of splurging on more expensive mascaras for your bottom lashes then give this one a go!
Its tapered wand means it’s easy to apply mascara to your bottom lashes precisely. Take your time and use the tip to brush product through your bottom lashes. This product does also come in a non-waterproof formula but to cut the chances of smudgy under eyes choosing waterproof formula is the way to go.
How to apply mascara to your bottom lashes
Applying your bottom lashes requires a slightly different technique to applying mascara on your upper lashes.
To avoid any blotchy mistakes applying your bottom mascara takes some concentration. Of course, when you’re used to the technique you’ll be whizzing through your lower lash mascara application without a second thought.
Use an appropriate bottom lash mascara
As previously discussed, the first and arguably most important factor to achieving a perfect lower lash application is a suitable mascara. The smaller and thinner the brush the better as this will give you the greatest precision when applying.
Grab you’re favourite lower lash mascara, if you don’t already have one then hopefully some of my recommendations above are helpful!
Apply mascara to your bottom lashes first
Many will start by applying mascara to the top lashes before moving on to the lower lashes, but this is actually the wrong way to go about it. When applying mascara to our upper lashes we tend to look up which then pushes your lashes against your lids and can transfer your mascara on to them, which I’m sure we can all agree is perhaps one of the most annoying makeup mishaps.
When applying tilt your head downwards and angle you’re a hand help mirror beneath you, this will make it much easier to see what you’re doing.
Keep it minimal
The trick to applying perfect lower lash mascara is to keep it minimal. Adding too many layers of product can have them looking thick and clumpy, which I’m pretty certain isn’t the look most of us are aiming for. If you want your lower lashes to look naturally lengthened then a thin coat of a quality mascara is all it takes to achieve this, you wont need to be adding layer upon layer.
Your lower lashes differ from your upper lashes by being finer and usually sparser, meaning it takes much less product to achieve your desired lash look so be sure not to overload.
If, no matter how you apply your mascara, you continue to get those annoying spots of mascara under your eyes then try getting a piece of tissue and wiggling it under you bottom lashes before applying your mascara. This will catch any fallout from the mascara, leaving your under eyes clear.
If you’re looking to get a little bit more playful with your lower lash mascara then why not try a coloured mascara to really make your eyes pop? Alternatively, if you’re wanting something a little more subtle then try reaching for a more natural shade of brown to compliment your skin tone rather than the dramatic contrast provided by the usual black. .